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  • Series: Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why the Left's anti-hunting propaganda is dead wrong!

Nothing is more hated--and more misunderstood--by the trendy Left than hunting. But now intrepid hunter and pro-hunting activist Frank Miniter sets the record straight. In The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Hunting, he details the concrete benefits that hunting provides to all of us--even how it helps the environment. Speaking with wildlife biologists, hunters, farmers, anti-hunters, and victims of animal attacks, Miniter explains how banning hunting negatively affects wildlife populations and conservation. Miniter's fearless, politically incorrect take on hunting lays out the facts that liberal enviro-nuts don't want you to know, including:

*How a well-intentioned policy of "live and let live" with Florida alligators resulted in human deaths
*Why you're more likely to be attacked by a bear in an area where hunting is forbidden, such as a national park
*Why non-lethal alternatives to hunting don't work to control animal populations
*Why even vegetarians depend on hunting for their dinner (especially those who demand organic or locally grown food)
*How hunters are wildlife's best defenders--far more effective than big-budget "green" groups
*How deer cause more human deaths each year than sharks, cougars, bears, and alligators combined
*Why hunting is statistically safer for kids than football, bicycling, and tennis

If you love hunting, you need to arm yourself with The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Hunting, so that the next time you encounter an anti-hunter, you'll be equipped to shoot down politically correct myths and defend this great American sport against all attacks.

About the Author

Frank Miniter was a senior editor at Outdoor Life magazine and is currently the executive editor of American Hunter magazine. He has hunted on five continents and has won numerous awards for conservation and outdoor writing.

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Customer Reviews

This is a truly great book that all hunters should read.
The Swedish Hunter
The author is clearly a natural storyteller and writes with a sense of humor about the topic that makes for easy reading.
John B. Snow
A good place to start is The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting by Frank Miniter.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lott Jr. on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you want to know the facts about hunting, this is the book to read. This isn't a how to hunt book, though after reading it, I wish that more people were hunters. Environmentalists, vegitarians, and even people driving in cars have a real friend in hunters. It would be nice if this book didn't have to be in the politically incorrect series, but it will seriously challenge a lot of people's strongly held views.

Possibly Miniter's book could be retitled "how hunting saves lives." Hunting seems to be a particularly cost effective way of saving people's lives. Deer collusions with cars kill 130 to 200 people a year and send 26,647 to hospitals. Deer also benefit from being hunted. One of my favorite chapters was how vegitarians are better off because hunting lowers the cost of farming in many ways.

But with the number of hunters declining in the US, not only as a share of the population but in absolute numbers, hopefully a lot of people will read Miniter's book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
The eleventh book in the erratic but fascinating "Politically Incorrect Guide" series takes a look at a subject my knowledge of Aboriginal foraging has entirely failed to help me understand, and which my previous reading of "New Age" literature or anti-hunting fanatics had clearly found me out even with the limited knowledge I could get at Melbourne University.

"The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting" demonstrates first of all how being an experienced hunter is an irreplaceable asset in understanding ecology. The knowledge Miniter gives of animal behaviour in particular, beats what I learned about environmental management as a student. Especially noteworthy is how he shows hunters must know a great deal about the behaviour deer and more essentially bears to hunt them at all. In a later chapter Miniter shows how this knowledge is needed to merely devise potential means of stopping animal-related accidents on roads and railways.

One good thing about "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting" is that Miniter focuses enough on the practical benefits of hunting to avoid being too ideological. Indeed, in contrast to most other "Politically Incorrect Guides", he does not follow the hard-line track so beloved of Human Events. Ample space is given to the potential negative effects of unregulated hunting on private land before Theodore Roosevelt, which is welcome from a publisher that too often omits anything that does not suit its arguments. Like
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John B. Snow on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating account that takes apart the long list of misconceptions that most people hold about hunters and hunting. The author has done an impressive amount of research that demonstrates the contribution that hunters have made to saving wildlife and how the commonly-held beliefs about hunting--particularly those presented in mainstream media--are flat-out wrong.

Happily the book doesn't bog down in a sea of statistics. The author is clearly a natural storyteller and writes with a sense of humor about the topic that makes for easy reading.

This is an excellent book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Moses on September 30, 2007
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I have been a Advanced Hunter and Bowhunter Instructor for 15 years and am impressed to find all of what I have learned and taught for these years put into one source. It never ceases to amaze me that people still do not realized the plain, simple truths, not only about hunting but about the natural world we live in. Even hunters themselves do not understand the game they hunt nor are they prepared to defend their sport against the misinformed and easily swayed individual who reacts to the sensationalistic media and special interest groups. We as hunters definitely need to be more active in finding out about our sport and supporting it in whatever area is most appropriate. I am glad to see an author and book that steps forward and presents information that can be used to this end. A definite "read" for all hunters.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Burns on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting is well-written, packed with information, and well-organized.

Unfortunately, it seems the publishing house has done as much as it possibly can to marginalize this book and keep it out of the hands of those who most need to read it.

That's a pity.

Why do I say the publisher has marginalized this book?

Simple. If you want to convert non-believers to your way of thinking, it's probably best NOT to start off the conversation by poking your finger in their eye and calling them names.

Sadly, however, that is what Regnery Publishing's "Politically Incorrect Guide" series is all about.

This series is not meant to convert people to anything, but to give die-hard conservatives a few cheap debating points to score against the Loony Left.

Which is fine, as far as it goes, but I think this book could have been so much more. You will pardon me if I mourn for what might have been.

You see, while The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting is somewhat flawed, it is quite well written and with a little editing and reframing, it might have been a truly important book. It misses that mark, I am afraid. Good, but no blue ribbon.
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